By The Herald Staff

Caryn Tyson, a Kansas state senator running for the Kansas 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, could be considered the Republican frontrunner following her victory Friday in a straw poll in Atchison, according to a news release.

The straw poll was released at the GOP governor’s debate. Tyson received 41.7 percent of the vote, followed by Steve Fitzgerald, state senator, 29.6 percent; Kevin Jones, state representative from Wellsville, 20.9 percent; Steve Watkins, 6.1 percent, and Tyler Tannahill, 1.7 percent, the release said.

“I’m grateful for the grassroots support I’m receiving from voters across the 2nd district,” Tyson said in the release. “Kansans know how important this race is to our state and our nation. Our economy is finally growing again. We can’t afford to go backwards. This will be a tough race but I’m confident we’ll win. My Democrat opponent has a record he’s going to run from. I have a record I’m proud to run on.”

Tyson, R-Parker, is chair of the Senate’s tax committee. Tyson and her husband, Tim, own and operate Tyson Ranch in Linn County, established in 1871 by Tim’s great-great-grandfather, according to the release.